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DateTime.Parse Method (String, IFormatProvider, DateTimeStyles)


Converts the string representation of a date and time to its DateTime equivalent by using culture-specific format information and formatting style.

Namespace:   System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static DateTime Parse(
	string s,
	IFormatProvider provider,
	DateTimeStyles styles


Type: System.String

A string that contains a date and time to convert.

Type: System.IFormatProvider

An object that supplies culture-specific formatting information about s.

Type: System.Globalization.DateTimeStyles

A bitwise combination of the enumeration values that indicates the style elements that can be present in s for the parse operation to succeed, and that defines how to interpret the parsed date in relation to the current time zone or the current date. A typical value to specify is DateTimeStyles.None.

Return Value

Type: System.DateTime

An object that is equivalent to the date and time contained in s, as specified by provider and styles.

Exception Condition

s is null.


s does not contain a valid string representation of a date and time.


styles contains an invalid combination of DateTimeStyles values. For example, both AssumeLocal and AssumeUniversal.


For examples and comprehensive usage information about this and other overloads of the Parse method, see the Parseoverload summary.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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